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Institutional Giving Officer

Req #: 194933

Department: KUOW

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Job Location Detail: U District

Posting Date: 08/20/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $63,432 - $79,296 annually

Shift: First Shift

KUOW is looking for an extraordinary researcher, writer, and connector to serve as our first-ever Institutional Giving Officer. The values of Trust, Integrity, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will guide you in cultivating new and creative partnerships with institutions who share our values and KUOW’s deep commitment to truth, community, and storytelling.

The successful candidate will have successfully written winning proposals which led to 6-7 figure donations from corporations, foundations, and/or government organizations. In this role, you will identify, cultivate, and solicit multi-year commitments from institutions who share not just our values but our drive to have meaningful impact on the land we share. In this role, you will be responsible for the creation and management of a well-coordinated, strategic development plan to cultivate and solicit support from institutions in our listening area and beyond, one which aligns with KUOW’s strategic plans. This position works to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships, and initiate new connections with like-minded socially responsible organizations.

We are looking for someone who is dynamic, motivated, and creative. The Officer will have the ability and freedom to work both independently and collaboratively with a team of fundraisers and content creators dedicated to raising awareness around climate change, racial equity, arts and culture, fact-based journalism and so much more.

KUOW staff enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the University of Washington to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

KUOW and the University of Washington are equal opportunity employers. KUOW is dedicated to building a culturally and ethnically diverse staff and creating a working environment that promotes racial equity and inclusiveness. We believe attracting and retaining diverse staff is crucial to serving our community and fulfilling our mission. Women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of a corporate, foundation and government engagement program that aligns with KUOW’s goals while engaging, maintaining, and promoting lifelong relationships with institutions committed to community and fact-based journalism.

The Institutional Giving Officer will participate in the development and promotion of engagement opportunities which lead to financial support of and a deep connection with KUOW. Optimally partnerships will include unique engagements between KUOW, our audience and supporters, and institutions that further deepen loyalty while demonstrating more broadly KUOW’s commitment to community. This role will aid in the creation and execution of a plan for management of all institutional relationships.


Program Development and Management

  • In close collaboration with the Director of Philanthropy, leads on the design and implementation of an annual engagement and fundraising plans for institutions.
  • Identifies entities whose philanthropic priorities and values align with KUOW, researching their giving behaviors, stated priorities, grant requirements and past community engagements.
  • Develops strategic engagement plans for existing and prospective institutional donors and their representatives.
  • Collaborates with KUOW leadership and content teams to deeply understand the programmatic priorities and initiatives of the station.
  • Writes and submits funding proposals grounded in KUOW’s programmatic priorities. Proposals and requisite follow-up are submitted according to each institutions’ specifications/ and requirements.
  • Records and maintains supremely accurate record of inbound and outbound communications with institutions and their representatives.
  • Prepares annual budgets for corporate and foundation income and expense.
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on engagements and outcomes with corporate and foundation prospects and existing partners.
  • Creatively collaborates with KUOW’s Business Support, Membership, Marketing and Major Gift teams to maximize the value and depth of KUOW’s collaborations with institutional partners.
  • Satisfies all reporting requirements of institutional partnerships, with an emphasis on the impact of their support on KUOW programming and the communities we serve.
  • Creates, continuously updates, and maintains a schedule of funding opportunities by institutions.

Frontline Fundraising

  • Initiates, nurtures, and deepens relationships with institutions with the intention of securing multi-year financial support for KUOW programming.
  • Meets with institutional representatives to initiate, cultivate, strengthen, and grow relationships and financial support.
  • Attends virtual and in-person KUOW events.
  • Attends and contributes to our institutional partners’ events, receptions, and meetings as a representative of KUOW.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred and at least 3 years prior experience researching, engaging with, stewarding, and soliciting financial support from institutions.
  • Equivalent combination of comparable knowledge and skills may substitute for education.
  • Superior writing skills with demonstrated history of proposal writing for varied propositions and engagements with organizations. • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate successfully in writing, by phone and in person.
  • Proven ability to work professionally, collegially, and effectively with donors or other constituents, colleagues, and the public.
  • Ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, and handle multiple projects and deadlines in an organized and professional manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented setting and commitment to aiding colleagues within and outside the bounds of Philanthropy.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Familiarity with and appreciation of public radio programming.
  • Working knowledge of databases desirable, specifically Salesforce.
  • Multi-lingual.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or